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Volume 16 - Number 26

January 4, 2013

Consumers Favor Mortgage Debt Protection

Most consumers have a favorable view of debt protection services for their mortgage and credit card debt obligations, despite the occasional news report of abuses in the sector, according to a new study from officials at the Federal Reserve, based on data from the Consumer Credit Industry Association. “Consumer attitudes among purchasers have not changed from the high levels of favorable views of users in the past,” said the study, which was authored by Thomas Durkin and Gregory Elliehausen...

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What is it going to take to convince lenders to loosen the credit box (i.e., remove underwriting overlays)?

The recent rep and warranty changes announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency should go a long way in protecting lenders from future buybacks and help expand mortgage credit.
There won’t be any significant elimination of underwriting overlays until the government stops seeking huge mortgage-related penalties and settlements from lenders.
There shouldn’t be any expansion of the mortgage credit box since looser underwriting is what caused the recent mortgage crisis.

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